There are only 2 games in the league this weekend as the Cup has Albion Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Stranraer, Brechin City, Forfar Athletic and Arbroath having to go to replays thus affecting the league fixtures. East Fife and Alloa Athletic both crashed out whilst Ayr United and Queen of the South are the only ones that got into the pot at the first time of asking. The league a fortnight ago had the Doonhamers still on a winning streak though Alloa have kept the pressure up – they had a 5-1 win at home to the wee Rovers. Brechin got 7 in their win against Stenhousemuir whilst Stranraer won 4-1 against Forfar at home. Both have new managers and both seem to have benefited; the question for each, as we get right into the winter is can they maintain it?
Game of the Day
East Fife v Alloa Athletic
With new manager Billy Brown about to see his new charges in action he has a team that lost a fortnight ago in the league to Queen of the South 1-0 before being humbled 5-1 away to Elgin City in the Cup. David Muir got their only goal whilst Gordon Durie resigned afterwards through illness. The board have acted very swiftly and Brown is an excellent catch. Alloa were also at the wrong end of a cup hiding as they went down 7-0 at Ibrox a fortnight ago. The week before their cup game, Alloa had an excellent 5-1 win at home to Albion Rovers with goals from Simon Marriot (an own goal) and Mitchel Megginson adding to a Martin Grehan hat trick.
Darren McCormack, Jordan Forster, Gareth Wardlaw, Paul McManus
Mitchel Megginson (Loan period has been extended)
Billy Brown will be a boost to the Fifers and given the boost that Brechin and Stranraer have had from new managers this could be an excellent opportunity for East Fife to get back in the mix. Paul Hartley knows that the Ibrox adventure was outside the priority of the league. It may come down to whether his team knows that too…
Stenhousemuir v Ayr United
Two weeks ago Stenny saw 7 go past in a 7-2 loss away to Brechin City. John Gemmell and Sean Dickson got their 2 goals whilst they drew 1-1 with Berwick Rangers in the cup the week afterwards. Stewart Kean got that single goal and things are not great at Ochilview. Ayr United managed to beat Arbroath 2-0 at home in the league 2 weeks ago before winning 2-1 in the cup against Inverness Clachnacuddin last weekend. Darian MacKinnon and Michael Moffat got the goals in the league and then Moffat got both in the Cup. Both wins fall into the category of ugly ones.
Brown Ferguson, Scott Buist
Ross McMillan, Brad McKay (New loanee from Hearts)
John Robertson, Martyn Campbell, Anthony Merenghi, David Sinclair, Michael McGowan
Kyle McAusland, Darian MacKinnon
You could call it that Stenny are hurting and dangerous or down and there for the kill. No matter how you see it this is a very close game to call. I believe that Stenny’s bad run has to end at some time and Ayr’s luck has to become good performances or it will also end. Today may be the day we find out which it will be for the Honest Men.